This book tag is one of my favorite book tags to read or to watch on booktube. As much as we all love getting a great book recommendation, it’s also fun to hear what people hate. Some of these choices will definitely be controversial, because I’m ragging on some favorites here, but please don’t hate me! They are simply my personal opinions.
1. A popular book or series you didn’t like
There are a lot I could choose for this one, but the most beloved book that I can’t stand would have to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I hated this book for so many reasons, but it was mainly the protagonist’s voice. He sounded so young, and he was talking about such adult things. It made me super uncomfortable and icky feeling.
2. A book or series you love but everyone else seems to hate
The Fever by Megan Abbott. I don’t think people hate this book but people don’t love it the way I do. It’s one of my personal favorites but every time I recommend it I get very mixed reactions.
3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with.
I’m kicking it old school and going with Twilight for this one. My little sixteen year old heart was very team Jacob and I don’t think I’ve ever forgiven Bella for not picking him.
4. A popular book genre you hardly ever reach for
Romance. Like new adult, chalk full of steamy sex scenes, romance.
5. A beloved character that you do not like
Cannie Shapiro from Good in Bed. I hated her. She was whiny, catty,cynical, and she skinny shamed. Anyone who wasn’t overweight she automatically assumed was a bitch which made me crazy. She was upset people judged her on outward appearance but she did the same thing the whole book.
6. A popular author you can’t seem to get into
Donna Tartt. I read the Secret History and it was painful for me. I couldn’t stand it. Since other people rave about it, often saying it’s her best book, I’ve never felt the pull to pick up anything else by her.
7. A popular book trope you’re tired of seeing
Memory loss in murder mysteries. The unreliable narrator, who has lost all her memory from that one night, worked perfectly in Girl On the Train. Since then, it’s been over done and never quite as well. To me it always feels too convenient of a set up, especially when they suddenly get their memories back out of nowhere.
8. A popular series you have no interest in reading
The Lunar Chronicles. The whole premise sounds so odd to me, I can’t stand when series have additional novellas, and the covers are awful in my opinion.
9. The saying goes the book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or TV adaptation do you prefer to the book?
Paper Towns by John Green. The book dragged on for me, especially in the middle. The movie sped things along, and although it still wasn’t amazing, it was a fun, feel-good film.
Let me know if you agree with any of these or totally disagree. What are some of your most unpopular opinions?